Free(ish) will


The apparent ‘options’ available to us are ‘directions’. They can steer us all over the place. I used to think we had free will to make any decision we wanted. I don’t believe that now. Every thing is based on needs and wants, and also fears and insecurities. Needs and Wants are forward steering entities, and Fears and Insecurities are backwards traveling entities. Like a radio controlled 4×4, our brains are steering and powering this shell we drive around in, getting us from A to B. Happiness is a magnet that we’re pulled towards. We see something, we make the decision if we like, love, hate, dislike or are simply non-plussed about it. A ‘need’ to have it, is like a ‘footdown’ full power acceleration movement in its direction, a ‘want’ is a casual comfortable forward motion, in its general direction. ‘Insecurity’ is like a gentle reverse gear, taking us back to a location where we’re more comfortable. Whilst a ‘fear’ is a full throttle ‘get me the hell outta here’. Individually ‘free will’ appears obvious, but stick us in a crowd and perhaps view us from high up, like a coffee shop window, and we start to resemble a character from a computer game. The crowd mentality is obvious. No more free will. We’re all clearly walking in directions, defined by needs and wants, in the search of happiness. Whether its a temporary short term ‘I must do this today’, or a long term ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life’.

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3 thoughts on “Free(ish) will”

  1. That’s the Sociological way of thinking about it; that the actions that people believe are completely self directed are actually influeced by outside forces.

    Take suicide for example. It’s hard to think of something that goes more against our biology, and so is more and example of free will. But there are so many strong patterns to rates of suicide. Your more likely to kill yourself if your male, young, live in a country with low social cohesion, often non-religious, have fewer extended family etc. All these factors have an influence on our so-called ‘free will’.

    So what is your conclusion? Will you accept your fate or attempt to work against loosing your free will?

  2. I see free will and the traditional idea of fate, in the same light as I see horoscopes, magic, ghosts and god. We’re all born with needs and wants and priorities, until we have fulfilled those, only then can we have true free will. The idea of suicide doesn’t prove free will at all, either its an act based out of needs, wants and priorities or its a forced decision based upon environmental influences… this doesn’t prove free will at all, but rather enforces it.

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